By Steven Merritt
NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Softball team earned a split in a Skyline Conference doubleheader on Thursday evening against Sarah Lawrence. The Knights registered a 6-1 victory in game one while dropping an 8-2 contest in the nightcap.
Mount Saint Mary 6 – Sarah Lawrence 1
The Gryphons got on the board for its only run of the game in the first after Tiffany McBrayer had a leadoff single and scored on a RBI groundout of the bat of Karissa McAuley. Mount Saint Mary tied the game at one after a Jillian Picarillo RBI single through the left side.
The Knights put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth after Lauren Oury scored on a passed ball to give the Mount its first lead of the game. McCann drove in Bridget Bennett with a RBI infield single and McCann scored on a fielding error following a Nicolette Moustouka single. Picarillo then drove in Moustouka on her second RBI single of the game.
The Mount added an insurance run in the fifth after a fielder’s choice on a bunt scored pinch runner Julia Rigney.
Picarillo finished 2-for-4 with two RBI while Morgan O’Neill had two doubles in the game.
Moustouka also had two hits while McCann had a RBI and two runs scored.
Hannah Akin was 2-for-4 in game one for Sarah Lawrence while McBrayer had the lone run scored.
Bennett spun a complete game for the Knights, allowing one unearned run on six hits and five strikeouts. McAuley threw a complete game for Sarah Lawrence, allowing nine hits and six runs (four earned).
Sarah Lawrence 8 – Mount Saint Mary 2
The Gryphons got out to a roaring start in game two as they quickly put up five runs in the first inning. Zoe Kim scored the first run on an error following a Akin single. MacKenzie Mindish laced a RBI double to left center to make the lead 2-0. Sarah Lawrence added a third run on a throwing error and Mikayla Cunningham and McBrayer each had RBI singles in the inning.
Mindish had a second RBI double in the second inning while Baylie Petit also had a RBI double and Alexa Zartman-Ball added a RBI single to push the lead to eight after two innings.
The Knights found the scoreboard for the first time in the fifth inning on a Alyssa Hernandez RBI single with two outs. The Mount added a run in the sixth on a RBI single by Emily Lang.
O’Neill hit her third double of the day in game two while Jayda Cavanaugh and Amanda Almodovar each had a run scored. Hernandez and Lang had the two RBI in the nightcap for the Knights.
Mindish finished with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Zartman-Ball finished with two hits and Petit and Akin each had two runs scored for Sarah Lawrence.
Christen Hansen took the loss for the Knights as she allowed four runs on two hits in 0.1 innings of work. O’Neill tossed 5.2 innings of relief, only allowing one run on five hits.
Bailey Nguyen picked up the win as she tossed a complete game, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out 10 strikeouts.